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Sanctus and Benedictus
5 April 1993; for Dad & Mumís Silver Wedding
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Book of Common Prayer

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Pitts: Alpha and Omega
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Movement 1: Sanctus  Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth
Movement 2: Benedictus  Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord

Sanctus and Benedictus
The Sanctus and Benedictus are clearly influenced by the short Masses of the English Renaissance. These two functional movements contain mostly homophonic writing, small vocal ranges, and strictly four-voice writing with the exception of a gimell-like flowering at the final cadence. The Anglican choral tradition is perpetuated by references to the modal harmonies of the Second English Renaissance. Added-note harmony and gently dissonant melodic arches take this style further along a path that leads to a compositional practice which might aptly be described as that of the Third English Renaissance.

from notes by Jeremy Summerly © 2008

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